Femtocells: Subject to Net Neutrality Regulations?

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Net Neutrality imho is the deleterious treatment of competitive traffic, not the beneficial treatment of your own. As long as competitors can make the same deal, or continue to operate, Net Neutrality isn’t violated.

And how much traffic does cellular involve, well, with tethering and femtocells, I guess you can obtain unlimited?

Leveson failed to learn from credit crisis

The content of rule books, the sanctions available to regulators, and the composition of regulatory bodies are not trivial issues. But the principal reason both press and financial services regulation were lax is that political leaders wanted them to be lax.

In one case this is because they were intimidated by the perceived power of the press; in the other because they held an exaggerated view of the economic importance of the financial services industry and of the abilities of those who led it.

via ft.com

Regulation, guns and broadcasting come to mind. Also the precious movie industry.

For the attention of Piers Morgan: three reasons why conservatives oppose gun control

Piers provided a rare moment of insight when he recently admitted that banning assault weapons ???will not solve the gun crime problem in America??? ??? and he captured the myopic authoritarianism of his breed perfectly when he immediately added that Americans should do it anyway. Why? Because they can and they must. It???s the right thing to do. Better than that, it???s what the British would do.

NZ A Star Paying To Act In A Supporting Role

Mr Joyce offers an anecdote to illustrate his argument: in a visit to India last year, he found “everybody was talking about how massively beautiful New Zealand was”.

When he asked about this they told him, “Oh, these two Bollywood movies that were done in New Zealand, it’s just lifted the profile of New Zealand so magnificently in India.”

Joyce squirms all through this doughty defence of the dodgy, and if Key still believes there were votes in the Hobbit capitulations he’s not as in touch as he was.

As for the “anecdote,” how much did we pay Bollywood to bring NZ attention to India’s billion odd?

As for the movie industries special needs, because it provides special benefits, FFS.

The Internet: Who Built That?!

So Who Really Did Build the Assemblage which is the Internet? (Part 6)

The internet is translative boundary object for political thought, situated between four liberal ideologies about freedom and the state, corporation, individual, and the public. The internet is thus a parallax object, looking different from what ideological perspective one looks at it.

Its clear that Crovitz twisted his story to fit his technolibertarian agenda. Manjoo aligned his more accurate history of the internet in a technoprogressive defense of the president???s wickedly edited non-gaffe. McCracken used a most overused and unconvincing technoindividualistic argument to champion the great white men of internet history. Finally, Johnson put forth the most novel of the historiographical theories, introducing the idea that peer-production is behind the internet, or at least the operating systems that run the computers and apps that access the internet.

Little did they know.

How Consumers Are Using Their Phones, And What It Means

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Mobile is no longer a communications utility, but a media distribution hub. According to http://www.emarketer.com/(S(gjrgkh45dmewndatycqrprnz))/Article.aspx?R=1009431….99 ” target=”_blank”>eMarketer, mobile now accounts for 12 percent of Americans’ media consumption time, triple its share in 2009.

Where is this consumer attention being focused?

The biggest beneficiaries have been mobile apps. Time spent on apps dwarfs time spent on the mobile Web, and smartphone owners now spend 127 minutes per day in mobile apps.

“a media distribution hub,” no, not in my opinion.  That it displaces media consumption activities doesn’t make it a media distributor.

Inventor of the Web to deliver public lecture in Wellington

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that later this month the inventor of the World Wide Web ??? Sir Tim Berners-Lee ??? will visit Wellington to deliver a public lecture exploring the benefits of an open and uncaptureable Internet. 

Proudly hosted by InternetNZ as part of Berner-Lee???s ???TBL Down Under Tour??? (http://tbldownunder.org), the lecture will take place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 January.

Registrations for the public lecture can be made at http://openinternetlecture.eventbrite.co.nz. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.